Even though you have allowed the Lord to reconcile your soul this week, there will be times that your soul feels empty. When our souls get empty, they are kind of like a hungry lion.
Lions are sneaky and quiet when they are getting ready to pounce.. they sit and wait in the tall grass.. looking.. watching… waiting for their prey. And they’re not picky, they’ll pounce at just about anything to get a good meal! Zebra, giraffe, buffalo, wild hogs, rhinos, and hippos, they don’t discriminate. Poor zebras, somebody warn them!
Our souls are similar when they are empty. They sit quietly inside of us, looking, watching, waiting for the next meal. We think we’ve trained them, our soul is in check. The Lord has reconciled our soul and we have everything figured out.. We don’t have to worry about them, we’ve got this.
Call me crazy, but I imagine it is difficult to train a lion..
Just when we least expect it, BAM! Our hungry souls have pounced onto the food we have put in front of them.
What are you feeding your soul?
Jeremiah 17:9 NLT says “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”
Our souls cling to the food we put in front of them.. TV.. sleep.. romance.. friendship.. the list goes on and on.
David understood that our soul clings to what we put in front of it; I need not remind you of the whole Bathsheba incident.
Even with his shortcomings, David figured out the key to keeping our souls in check.
Read the following verses.
Psalm 63:8 ESV says “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”
Psalm 119:20 ESV says “My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.”
Psalm 143:6 ESV says “I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.”
Psalm 84:2 ESV says“My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
Psalm 23:1-3 ESV says “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
When our soul is empty, we’ve got to feed it Jesus. We’ve got to realize that our souls will cling to what we put in front of them. If that’s true, then we’ve got to feed them so much Jesus that they’re isn’t room for anything else.
What’s interesting about lions is that if they make a large kill, they fill up and don’t eat again for two or three days. However, if they make a smaller kill they aren’t as satisfied and have to hunt again sooner.
Sounds a lot like our souls. When we fill up on Jesus, the most satisfying of all, we won’t need to hunt for smaller, lesser things to fill us.
What do you normally turn to when your soul is empty?
When your soul is empty, how are you going to fill it from now on?
Pray today that God will reveal ways that you can turn to Jesus more and more. Ask Him to constantly remind you that He is near and that He longs to fill your hungry soul.